Interpol ‘joins’ hunt for British national suspect in Ella Joy case

Sun Star on October 11, 2011 released the following:

“CEBU CITY — With the capture of Bella Ruby Santos, the Cebu Provincial Anti-Criminality Task Force now has its eyes on her boyfriend, British national Ian Charles Griffiths, who is in the United Kingdom.

Santos and Griffiths are the suspects in the abduction and murder of six-year-old Ellah Joy Pique last February.

Governor Gwen Garcia said the International Police (Interpol) is coordinating with the task force.

“They (Interpol) are on the case, especially on the whereabouts of Griffiths,” Garcia said.

According to reports, the 51-year-old Griffiths left the country before authorities could file a case against him.

‘In the loop’

“Really, it shows that, with impunity, they are trying to evade the law. Di man na mahimo (You cannot do that). If you are innocent, why hide from authorities?” the governor said.

NBI agents arrested Santos at the SM MegaMall in Metro Manila last Friday, more than two months after she disappeared when a warrant for her arrest was issued.

“I commend the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) personnel, with (Special Investigator) Arnel Pura,” Garcia said during a press conference Monday, after visiting NBI Central Visayas Director Edward Villarta and Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Patrocinio Comendador.

“Society is governed by law. Law must prevail in order to secure justice. My heart bled for Ellah Joy,” she said.

She said the NBI regularly informs her of Griffiths’ whereabouts.

The London Evening Standard reported that UK authorities arrested Griffiths last April in connection with the Pique case.

Validation

Under an 1861 UK law, a Briton accused of murder or manslaughter abroad can be tried at home.

Griffiths later posted bail.

According to the paper, Griffiths is believed to be in Southampton, 120 kilometers southwest of London.

The governor said a task force subcommittee is validating the “authenticity” of the informant, who tipped off the NBI about Santos’s whereabouts.

Only then can they turn over the P350,000 cash reward to the informant, she said.

In a related development, Santos arrived at the NBI Central Visayas office Monday afternoon.

The agency will present her to the governor and task force members today, Tuesday, before they return her arrest warrant to the court.”

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